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Writing groups provide an opportunity for faculty and students to engage in a collaborative experience in which students learn from one another as well as their professor. The list of professors offering writing groups and topics available in the Spring Term 2021 are listed below.  Students interested in joining a writing group should discuss their paper topics in advance with the professor offering the group most closely related to their writing topic and then register by submitting a completed written work form to the Registrar’s Office for written work projects as they would in the ordinary course. After paper topics are approved, enrollment into the writing group class component will be on a by-permission basis. The meeting schedule for each writing group will be determined after enrollment is finalized.

Students writing 2 or 3-credit papers are eligible for writing groups. The classroom credit for each writing group will be graded credit/fail. Writing credits will be graded in the manner traditional for written work. Students participating in writing groups can elect to enroll in the associated writing credits in the Winter Term or the Spring Term.  J.D. students may use the final paper to qualify as Option 1 writing which satisfies the J.D. written work requirement towards their degree.

The add/drop deadline for spring term is Friday, January 29. Although the deadline to submit spring written work proposals is Friday, February 12th, students are expected to commit to the Writing Group, have their faculty member’s permission to join, and communicate both to the Registrar’s Office by the add/drop deadline. Proposals for written work, including for students enrolled in writing groups, may be submitted up using the written work forms for your respective degree program up until the February 12th.

Spring 2021 Writing Group Offerings

Spring 2021 Writing Group Offerings

Faculty Name Email Topic
William Alford Comparative Law and International Law: Projects Concerning Asia
Nikolas Bowie Critical Legal History and the Constitution
Maureen Brady Property, Land Use, and Local Government Law
Thomas J. Brennan Taxation
Scott Brewer Topics in Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Law, Contract Law, Evidence, Logic and Law (including Artificial Intelligence in Law)
I. Glenn Cohen Health Law/Law and the Biosciences
William W. Fisher Intellectual Property: Copyright, Patent, or Trademark Law
Urs Gasser Technology and Law
Jacob E. Gersen Remedies in Public and Private Law
Jeannie Suk Gersen Topics in Criminal Law, Due Process, Equal Protection, Family Law, Sexual Harassment, Sexuality, Title IX
Tyler Giannini Human Rights
Jon D. Hanson Justice (encouraging research and writing that would help clarify the meaning of “justice”)
Howell E. Jackson Topics in Financial Regulation, Federal Budget Policy, Consumer Financial Protection, Securities Regulation, International Finance
Elizabeth Papp Kamali Legal History
Naz K. Modirzadeh Public International Law; International Law and Armed Conflict; International Law and War
Charles R. Nesson Trials
Ruth L. Okediji Intellectual Property, Artificial Intelligence and the Law
Rebecca Tushnet Intellectual Property
Laura Weinrib Free Speech